Oh my! I just got word that my Residency application is approved, just three days before I’m supposed to leave here and go to Shkoder for the summer, yikes! The Immigration officer told me I’d have to bring a copy of a bank statement showing the first Social Security deposit to my Albanian bank before it would get approved (scheduled first deposit is June 28) but the facilitator tried sending him the form I filled out to change the deposit to my bank here, and evidently it worked!
I have several things I need to do on Monday (a bank deposit of $57, fingerprinting and get my address verified) and then it takes about a week to get my card. So another little zigzag but it seems things are falling into place. I’m nervous about getting all this stuff done right but excited that I’ll finally have it all behind me.
I don’t want to do the 5 hour bus trip to Shkoder and then come back here a week later, so I’m renting a small apartment a couple blocks away for that last week for $30 a night.
I’ve been packing. And repacking. The one big suitcase that’s going with me still won’t quite close, even if I sit on it. I’ve gone through everything a couple times and there’s nothing I think is extraneous. So I think I’ll have to also take my bigger daypack and maybe the small daypack as well. I guess that’s okay; there’s just not much luggage space on the minibuses. I wish I could travel lighter than that but I know these Airbnb’s have crappy scratched & peeling nonstick pans and scanty cooking utensils so I want to take a couple of my good pans and my favorite kitchen gadgets and good sharp knives. I can’t go 3 months without a bathroom scale either, and my supplements also take up a good bit of space. I think I’m gonna make it but that suitcase sure weighs a ton.
I went out to dinner with a couple friends a few days ago and had lamb! I’ve only had it once before, many years ago, and I’ve been wanting to try it again. (I’d also like to try goat) They had lamb ribs on the menu for $7.50 but the waiter said they didn’t have them. He suggested another lamb dish so I ordered that. It was tiny little grilled lamb chops, delicious! I found out later they cost $14! Oops. Oh well, I guess a splurge once in a while is okay, and isn’t it nice that now I can afford it. We were near Dewayne’s apartment so we walked over there afterward and chatted awhile. I really liked the location and hope maybe I can find something similar in that area in the fall. I suggested he move out in November but apparently he’s not THAT good a friend. I forgot about having to catch a bus back home and just missed the last bus at 10 p.m. I could have sprung for a taxi but just decided to walk the 1.6 miles home. I need the exercise anyway; I’m so lazy! It’s so nice to be able to go anywhere at any time and be so safe.
My friends are having a farewell dinner for me on Sunday! Wow! And now I’m not leaving, but any excuse to eat out….we’re still going. Nice.
Check out the top flight of these stairs….no handrail!
I saw a photo posted to an AZ Facebook group and thought “my tiny house view is as good as that “. Turns out it was posted by the friend who bought my place, and it IS my view!